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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Oct 11, 2022 8:14 pm

Just started new series called The Rising, its quite gothic but not scary, more interesting than that, and very watchable with a lovely lead actress. It was filmed in my part of the world in Manchester, got lots of moors and forests.

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Post by halfwise Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:07 am

Bletchley circle. Four women who used to be code breakers in WW2 at Bletchley park get bored with their lives after the war and turn to tracking down a serial killer. Forest can squawk about woke gender politics all he wants; it's good.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:56 am

halfwise wrote:I take it that's a "thumbs up" for The Terror, then.  Not thought of or aware of it before, may have to look it up now.

It's above average, but not excellent.

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:59 am

halfwise wrote:Bletchley circle.  Four women who used to be code breakers in WW2 at Bletchley park get bored with their lives after the war and turn to tracking down a serial killer.  Forest can squawk about woke gender politics all he wants; it's good.
So are you saying that the setting and characters are believable, or is it some contrived bullshit?
Did the writers care about telling a good story, or were they writing to advance a specific agenda within the constraints of sexual and racial quotas?

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Post by Forest Shepherd Wed Oct 12, 2022 4:00 am

Mrs Figg wrote:Just started new series called The Rising, its quite gothic but not scary, more interesting than that, and very watchable with a lovely lead actress. It was filmed in my part of the world in Manchester, got lots of moors and forests.


Oh shoot! A ghost story eh?

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Post by halfwise Wed Oct 12, 2022 3:10 pm

Forest Shepherd wrote:
halfwise wrote:Bletchley circle.  Four women who used to be code breakers in WW2 at Bletchley park get bored with their lives after the war and turn to tracking down a serial killer.  Forest can squawk about woke gender politics all he wants; it's good.
So are you saying that the setting and characters are believable, or is it some contrived bullshit?
Did the writers care about telling a good story, or were they writing to advance a specific agenda within the constraints of sexual and racial quotas?

It's believable, perhaps somewhat contrived, as all fiction is. The only agenda may be that the writer(s) discovered that quite a few codebreakers in Bletchley Park were women, and thought "hmm...that would make a good story." As far as I know nobody's taken on the story of all the Rosy the Riveters in America being cast back into the role of housewives, but all these cases have the makings of a good story.

Sort of like Hidden Figures. I had complaints about some of the technical points, but it turns out the bigger problems were how they overplayed NASA's treatment of her: in reality NASA treated their female computers with a good deal of respect, and government agencies have a good record when it comes to race and sex relations among their own employees. The writers skewed things for the sake of the story. What I liked about Bletchley Park is they showed that the government upper ranks actually DID have respect for the abilities of the women they hired (else they wouldn't have used them), but that system of respect was lost when cast back into mainstream society after the war.

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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Oct 27, 2022 3:41 am

{{ I could listen to Michael Sheen being Welsh to the max and reading with such pride his lands works all night long, plus the last speech he gives to spur on the Welsh football team is just, wow. }}






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Post by Pettytyrant101 Thu Nov 10, 2022 6:15 pm

{{ Classic comedy double act The Two Ronnies were well known for their wordplay and word smithery, but how the hell they even got through this sketch is beyond me.}}

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Post by halfwise Thu Nov 10, 2022 10:20 pm

that one takes some practice.

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